Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence?’ Psalm 139.7
These words are so encouraging for us. Deep down we really want to do God’s will and get it right with him, but there is always the worry that if we do wander away from him we might lose him and his presence will no longer be with us. This well-known psalm reminds us that his presence will never leave us.
One of the questions asked by the psalmist is this: ‘Where can I flee from your presence?’ The word 'flee' has the connotation of deliberately running away; of us making a choice to escape from the presence of God. The next verse of the psalm reveals the answer - there is absolutely nowhere that God is not present. He is in the heavens, in the depths and at the furthermost parts of the world. Wherever we may flee, ‘your right hand will hold me fast’ (verse 10).
The point is this: if we are unable to deliberately hatch a plot to find a place without God’s presence, then surely it must be impossible to inadvertently wander away from it, especially if our hearts are inclined towards him?
We all make mistakes, forget to give God the attention we should and at times move away from him, but the truth for us today is this: wherever we are and whatever we feel, Psalm 139.10 is true - the right hand of God does hold us fast.
Take a few moments to memorise this phrase: 'Your right hand holds me fast'. Come back to it at times throughout the day and know that God is with you, keeping you safe and close to him.
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The Revd John Ryeland, Director of The Christian Healing Mission